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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-24-2014, 03:13 PM
Replies: 66
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Posted By vaara
At least. Only the élite RCs will get the 3-day...

At least. Only the élite RCs will get the 3-day training, which was mentioned as costing $395. Others (probably including me, as a n00b) will require as much as 7 days. I can only assume that will...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-21-2014, 06:39 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,238
Posted By vaara
They're basically el-cheapo Bilt vests (the kind...

They're basically el-cheapo Bilt vests (the kind they sell at Cycle Gear) with large CMSP logos sewn onto them, front and back, which made them even heavier and less breathable. Here in CA, where a...
Forum: Ride reports 11-21-2014, 04:09 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,044
Posted By vaara
In the words of Edith Piaf, Non, je ne regrette...

In the words of Edith Piaf, Non, je ne regrette rien.

Well, actually, je do regrette not seeing a few things, including (but not limited to):


The Pancake Rocks
More of the Marlborough...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-21-2014, 03:39 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,238
Posted By vaara
Who could forget the great Hi-Viz Safety Vest...

Who could forget the great Hi-Viz Safety Vest Debacle of 2014?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-20-2014, 04:09 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,238
Posted By vaara
Well, that sounds like fun. Not.

Well, that sounds like fun. Not.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-20-2014, 03:58 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,238
Posted By vaara
The other 49 are just jealous because we can...

The other 49 are just jealous because we can lane-split, and they can't. :)

And most of us can ride year 'round.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-20-2014, 02:13 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,238
Posted By vaara
Yes, that's a bit of scuttlebutt that may or may...

Yes, that's a bit of scuttlebutt that may or may not actually be accurate, but I think it's reasonably safe to assume that the CHP wouldn't select a higher bid just because it came from the MSF....
Forum: Ride reports 11-20-2014, 02:07 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,044
Posted By vaara
Day 10, November 14, Hanmer Springs to Nelson ...

Day 10, November 14, Hanmer Springs to Nelson

I awoke to a dry but - as usual - chilly morning in Hanmer Springs. My goal for the day: ride to Nelson, drop off bike, spend rest of day quietly...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-20-2014, 01:07 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,238
Posted By vaara
But all of our training bikes do... Re: the...

But all of our training bikes do...

Re: the new curriculum (now renamed "Beginner Riding Clinic"), a quick Web search finds no mention of it whatsoever, which leads me to believe that the whole...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-20-2014, 12:49 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,238
Posted By vaara
Agreed. I'm hardly one of those -- having only...

Agreed. I'm hardly one of those -- having only gotten certified in July.

I wonder what'll happen to the RC I know whose reaction to students who can't get their bikes started is to scream at...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-20-2014, 12:30 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,238
Posted By vaara
I can't answer that, since I have no idea what...

I can't answer that, since I have no idea what the new course looks like. The cost should be the same (since it's mandated by the CA Motorcycle Safety Program) but so far there's no info about its...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-20-2014, 12:24 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,238
Posted By vaara
I'm keeping an open mind about the new curriculum...

I'm keeping an open mind about the new curriculum -- maybe it'll be an improvement! -- but it does seem likely that there will be a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth among RCs and training sites....
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-20-2014, 12:19 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,238
Posted By vaara
Yes, as long as you take (and pass) the MSF BRC...

Yes, as long as you take (and pass) the MSF BRC before 12/31, you should be fine. This assumes you're in CA, which is the only state affected by this particular situation. Your DL-389 form is valid...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-20-2014, 09:58 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,238
Posted By vaara
California drops MSF curriculum

Well, this is interesting.

http://www.bayarearidersforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=467118

Cliff Notes version: The contract to administer the CA motorcycle safety training program expires at...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-19-2014, 12:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,314
Posted By vaara
I became a RiderCoach just a few months ago. I'll...

I became a RiderCoach just a few months ago. I'll echo what others have said re: the time commitment, which is substantial. Another aspect that is not entirely enjoyable is having to deal with...
Forum: Ride reports 11-18-2014, 11:04 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,044
Posted By vaara
That would be a dream come true. Can you...

That would be a dream come true. Can you recommend a motorcycle rental company there? :D
Forum: Ride reports 11-17-2014, 04:07 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,044
Posted By vaara
Day 9, November 13, Akaroa to Hanmer Springs ...

Day 9, November 13, Akaroa to Hanmer Springs

It was a dark and stormy morning. I mean, really dark and stormy. It looked like my weather luck had finally run out, so after making myself some bacon...
Forum: Ride reports 11-17-2014, 01:00 PM
Replies: 324
Views: 48,996
Posted By vaara
I couldn't agree more! Great photos -- makes me...

I couldn't agree more! Great photos -- makes me wish I had had time to visit both islands, not just the South one. :clap
Forum: Ride reports 11-17-2014, 09:09 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,044
Posted By vaara
Sadly, no... but then it was a cloudy, windy day....

Sadly, no... but then it was a cloudy, windy day. They wouldn't have been very mirror-like at all.
Forum: Ride reports 11-16-2014, 10:05 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,044
Posted By vaara
Day 8, November 12 - Around Akaroa I had...

Day 8, November 12 - Around Akaroa

I had determined that today would be a rest day, and besides it was still bloody cold (about 4°C overnight). But since I was paying $170 a day for the privilege...
Forum: Ride reports 11-14-2014, 02:28 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,044
Posted By vaara
Day 7, November 11, Oamaru to Akaroa Well,...

Day 7, November 11, Oamaru to Akaroa

Well, so much for keeping you in suspense. Having failed to secure a room in Christchurch, I opted instead for what I hoped would be a serene 2-day break in...
Forum: Ride reports 11-13-2014, 03:38 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,044
Posted By vaara
Hey, thanks! I've actually moved on (a bit)... In...

Hey, thanks! I've actually moved on (a bit)... In Hamner Springs now, heading to Nelson soon which means my little ride is almost over. :cry
Forum: Ride reports 11-12-2014, 02:25 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,044
Posted By vaara
Day 6, November 10, Bluff to Oamaru As I was...

Day 6, November 10, Bluff to Oamaru

As I was having my muesli, yogurt, and toast, the hotel lady asked, "So, where are you riding today?"

"North," I replied with crushing obviousness. In fact I...
Forum: Ride reports 11-11-2014, 10:42 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,044
Posted By vaara
So far so good. Disclaimer: I've done it before,...

So far so good. Disclaimer: I've done it before, on a moto in Australia, and in cars in the UK and Ireland. I still sometimes get startled when I round a curve and see a car coming at me on the...
Forum: Ride reports 11-11-2014, 03:47 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,044
Posted By vaara
Day 5, November 9, Mossburn to Bluff via Milford...

Day 5, November 9, Mossburn to Bluff via Milford Sound

After a quick "pre-breakfast" of muesli, tinned peaches, and instant coffee -- just enough to get me on the road -- I bundled up for what...
Forum: Ride reports 11-10-2014, 01:17 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,044
Posted By vaara
Day 4, November 8, Fox Glacier to Mossburn ...

Day 4, November 8, Fox Glacier to Mossburn

After a quick plunge pot of coffee at the Lake Matheson Motel, I headed toward its namesake lake in search of a bit of sustenance. The young lady who...
Forum: Ride reports 11-09-2014, 10:45 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,044
Posted By vaara
I guess I just like to see where the road ends...

I guess I just like to see where the road ends (or begins, if you're from Bluff).

General observation: are there always this many Americans here? I can't seem to escape them. :p

And another...
Forum: Ride reports 11-08-2014, 10:47 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,044
Posted By vaara
Thanks everyone for your kind words! I made it to...

Thanks everyone for your kind words! I made it to Bluff (3 days from Takaka, including a big detour to Milford Sound).

More soon, Wi-Fi permitting...
Forum: Ride reports 11-07-2014, 01:05 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,044
Posted By vaara
You'll never guess whose bike I'm riding.

You'll never guess whose bike I'm riding.
Forum: Ride reports 11-07-2014, 02:45 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,044
Posted By vaara
Day 3, November 7, Takaka to Fox Glacier (~550...

Day 3, November 7, Takaka to Fox Glacier (~550 km)

Friday dawned clear and cold -- the overnight low was 4 degrees, which in Fahrenheit terms is approximately "No fucking way I'm getting on that...
Forum: Ride reports 11-06-2014, 10:59 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,044
Posted By vaara
Today I got two: cold & dry, and cold &...

Today I got two: cold & dry, and cold & wet.
Forum: Ride reports 11-06-2014, 12:59 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,044
Posted By vaara
One thing that struck me is how *green*...

One thing that struck me is how *green* everything is. In fact my first reaction was, "did someone Photoshop that hill?".
Forum: Ride reports 11-06-2014, 12:50 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,044
Posted By vaara
Thanks, Te! Or do you prefer "Mr. Hopo"? Nice...

Thanks, Te! Or do you prefer "Mr. Hopo"? Nice country you have here. :D
Forum: Ride reports 11-05-2014, 10:29 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,044
Posted By vaara
Day 2, November 6, Takaka to Wharariki Beach and...

Day 2, November 6, Takaka to Wharariki Beach and back

After a chilly night (my hosts, being hardy Kiwis, tend not to believe in insulation, or central heating, or double glazing, and my delicate...
Forum: New Zealand 11-05-2014, 09:22 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 35,013
Posted By vaara
Here's mine (still in progress). ...

Here's mine (still in progress).

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1021791
Forum: Ride reports 11-05-2014, 09:00 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,044
Posted By vaara
NZ South Island rideabout, November 2014

Day 1, November 5, Auckland to Nelson to Takaka

The story thus far:

Slightly more than 50 years ago, a lady in Washington, D.C. gave birth to a baby boy. After he recovered from a brief bout of...
Forum: New Zealand 11-04-2014, 03:53 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 943
Posted By vaara
Just discovered that you can get a Vodafone...

Just discovered that you can get a Vodafone Travel SIM for $34 at the duty-free. :-)
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-28-2014, 01:56 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,301
Posted By vaara
OTOH, I think CBS is owed some minor props for...

OTOH, I think CBS is owed some minor props for having this story covered by a reporter who actually rides.

Sad to say, but attitudes like the ones expressed by those two anchor-bimbettes are...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-24-2014, 06:22 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,503
Posted By vaara
I want to ride in New Zealand, and I'm not going...

I want to ride in New Zealand, and I'm not going to wait for them to build a bridge.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-24-2014, 04:07 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,301
Posted By vaara
California has also has been doing it for...

California has also has been doing it for decades, but the other 49 still haven't figured it out.

Most state-level motorcycle advocacy organizations are much more concerned with helmet laws...
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